A suspicious device found in the backyard of a southeast Wichita home was not explosive, a Wichita police officer said late Saturday.
Several people returned to their homes at about 9 p.m. Saturday after a resident in the 800 block of South Green called 911 to report a possible explosive on his property earlier that evening, Wichita police Sgt. Dan Oblinger said. Officers who arrived at the house at around 6:15 p.m. found the device and immediately evacuated neighbors, he said.
The neighborhood is located north of Lincoln and east of Grove.
The police department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team – or bomb squad – determined the device was not a threat and removed it from the yard, he said.
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“The device was made to look like an explosive device but was not explosive,” Oblinger said. He said he could not release a description of the apparatus.
Police are still investigating the device’s purpose and who left it, he said.